High Performance Cleaning Product™ (HPCP™)

For years we’ve heard cleaning professionals say, “I would use ‘green’ cleaners–I’d even be willing to pay a bit more for them—but the performance just isn’t there.”


Yet those of us who have lived and breathed the green mantra that has all but revolutionized the cleaning industry in the last few years know that today’ s green cleaners are not our parents’ environmental and performance wannabes. Many manufacturers have worked hard—and spent millions of dollars—to produce today’s more environmentally responsible and effective cleaning options.


But while we have several certifications in place to prove the “greenness” of products—offered by such reputable organizations as Green Seal, EcoLogo, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE), several of which include efficacy benchmarks—we have had no measurement effort that speaks solely to the performance of green products. As professionals, we've had nothing to help us answer that age-old customer question: “Great, it’s green! But does it work?”


Now—thanks to the International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc.’s (IEHA) new High Performance Cleaning Product™ (HPCP™) testing program—we’ll be able to answer that question with an independent, third-party, research-backed effort.


What HPCP™ Is…& Isn’t


Developed in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), HPCP is the first—and the only—program from a cleaning industry association designed to focus solely on green cleaning product performance, starting with hard-surface cleaning products.


HPCP is not a certification or a standard; it’s a testing program aimed toward raising the environmental bar by encouraging manufacturers to produce products that are not only less toxic and safer, but that also offer optimal results in specific cleaning applications. HPCP is designed to show that a green product has been tested on real-life soils and found to work—and work well!

High-Performance Sales


Besides raising the bar for manufacturers, HPCP is a powerful tool that can help savvy professionals raise their bottom lines. Consider just a few of the advantages of using green, validated high-performance products:


• Health and safety. In addition to being safer for the environment, building occupants, and cleaning workers, green products tested for high performance in the TURI program have been tested on real-life soils and proven to produce superior cleaning results; by excelling at removing soil (especially organics), they reduce the spread of disease.


• Productivity. Several studies show employees work faster, better, and experience fewer sick days in greener, healthier environments. Moreover, products proven to be effective require less labor and allow workers to perform cleaning tasks with greater efficiency. In addition, products that are performance-tested can be pre-selected as appropriate for the job, eliminating the time wasted experimenting with different products until one is found that works.


• Cost reduction. Although green products have long been accused of costing more, many forget the cost savings associated with a cleaner, healthier workplace, such as lower health-care premiums, fewer sick days, reduced workers’ compensation claims—even fewer environmental and health-related lawsuits! In addition, a product that’s been tested on real-life soils and proven to work requires less product and less labor. This translates into better health for workers and building inhabitants at a reduced cost.


• Validation. By identifying the most effective green cleaners by category, the HPCP testing program removes the guesswork from the buying process and validates the buyer's choice of product. With HPCP, the testing has already been done.


These are just a few of the advantages afforded by the new HPCP program. Let’s consider some of these advantages in a real-world setting.


HPCP in Action


Suppose you are trying to win (or keep!) a government or school account in New York, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, Nevada, or any of the host of other states that have recently passed, or are considering adopting, a green-products procurement policy regarding the purchase of environmentally preferable cleaning products. For this growing sector of accounts, using green cleaning products is not a question; it’s the law.


However, ask the management of these facilities what matters to them when it comes to cleaning, and along with “safer and less toxic,” you’ll hear phrases associated with more traditional, nongreen products, such as “get the surface really clean!” “reduce labor,” and of course—especially in the current economy—“save money.” In short, their concerns will be less about ingredients and more about results. How does the service provider’s product perform? What makes it different from competitors’ products?


Thanks to HPCP you can answer these questions with confidence. Backed by HPCP data, you can assure your customers that what makes your service and green product selections different—what makes them stand out from the competition—is superior performance.


Under this program, the product has been tested and proven to excel at removing dirt, which keeps staff and facility occupants healthier and more productive, reduces labor, and, ultimately, saves money. In other words, HPCP-tested products are proven to help meet real day-to-day challenges! 




The University of Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has been evaluating cleaning product performance for 17 years, originally doing so for manufacturing plants seeking less toxic alternatives for industrial parts cleaning.  In recent years, TURI developed tests* to determine the efficacy of hard surface green cleaning or janitorial products, and, in many cases, has performed such tests for companies seeking to meet the basic performance criteria of green certification groups such as Green Seal or Ecologo.


Most recently, the TURI Lab recognized that the knowledge and expertise it had gained over two decades of cleaning product performance testing in a variety of settings could be used to raise the performance bar higher – to assist the cleaning industry in taking the performance of its green cleaning products to the next level.


The IEHA/TURI High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program was born out of this realization and through discussions with representatives of the International Executive Housekeepers Association.


*Test methods are based on, but not limited to:  ASTM G122, ASTM D3556, ASTM D4488 (A5), ASTM D5343, ASTM D4009,  ASTM E1593, ASTM D1792, CCD 110, DCC09 &09A, DCC16 I & II, Marble block test, DCC17, DCC05A, DCC10, and DCC12.


Product Testing Information for Manufacturers

Contact Us About Putting Your Green Cleaning Products and Equipment to the Test


How Can You Differentiate Your Company's Cleaning Products from Others that Claim to be "Green" or "Environmentally Friendly"?


As a formulator or maker of cleaning products, you may be eager to tap into the growing green cleaning market. But you may face three challenges:


  1. Making sure your products work as well as, or better than, other green or traditional cleaners.
  2. Convincing the public that your green cleaners work as well as, or better than, other eco-friendly or conventional cleaners.
  3. EcoLogoEPA's Design for the EnvironmentGreen SealMeeting the basic testing and performance requirements of EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) and other green recognition or certification programs such as Green Seal or EcoLogo.


The TURI Laboratory can help by determining and validating the effectiveness of your products.


Does the

Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Test Cleaning Equipment?


While cleaning equipment doesn't fit into green certification programs for chemical formulations, the TURI Laboratory at UMass Lowell can help by testing the performance of your qualified equipment; providing data and feedback to help you make improvements to equipment and processes, and validate performance claims.


Examples of previous tests - a small sampling of what is possible - include:


  • Hard floor vacuuming using a backpack vacuum vs. dust mopping 
  • Hard surface cleaning using microfiber vs. paper towel vs. cloth wipe
  • Hard floor cleaning with a steam vapor device compared to other methods
  • Comparison of hard floor cleaning using automatic scrubbers


Contact the TURI Lab to learn about the scientific testing methods used to evaluate and compare cleaning equipment and processes.


Why Use the TURI Lab to Test Your Products?


  • Objective, independent testing and verification
  • Feedback to improve products
  • Enhanced consumer confidence once performance is validated
  • Presence in TURI's CleanerSolutions online database accessed by end-users
  • Greater credibility of your company and claims with support from a major university.


Please call 978-934-3133 for pricing on the packages above.


Getting Your Products Listed FREE in the CleanerSolutions Database


The Toxics Use Reduction Institute Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has performed more than 1,500 product trials for industrial and janitorial cleaning. All of the resulting comparison data are included in our free online tool, the TURI CleanerSolutions database, www.cleanersolutions.org.


By including your product information in the TURI database, hospitals, schools, government agencies, companies and manufacturers will be able to find your company, products, material safety data sheets, and the results of any performance testing conducted by the Lab.


How can you include your product information in the TURI CleanerSolutions database? Visit the TURI CleanerSolutions web site: www.cleanersolutions.org. Fill out the product form on our website and send us your Material Safety Data Sheets and Technical Data Sheets. If approved, we will include your product in the TURI database. This free service does not include product performance testing but does make your safety, technical and contact data visible to potential customers.


Contact Us Today


To learn more about these services, please contact us today:

Jason Marshall Jason@turi.org 978-934-3133

Heidi Wilcox Heidi@turi.org 978-934-3249

TURI Web site: www.turi.org

TURI Laboratory web site: www.turi.org/laboratory

TURI Laboratory CleanerSolutions database: www.cleanersolutions.org


The TURI Laboratory provides unsurpassed, unbiased, third-party performance testing of both cleaning formulations and cleaning equipment.


*UMass Lowell/TURI does not certify, endorse, recognize or recommend products.